Do you remember Elite, the computer game from the 80s'?
This short is based in that world. It is well written, has the necessary twists in the well constructed plot.
It is an interesting and very readable book. I eagerly look forward to more from this author.
If you like sci-fi, elite, reading, or even if you don't, I would recommend you read this.
For a short story i cant think of one that i have read that is better.
Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger aka cordwainer smith was an early contributor to the "golden age" of science fiction. the worlds were fabulous and well-fleshed but it was the people and their ethical dilemmas that always were at the center of the stories.
this story is good introduction to the worlds he created. if you liked this, there are more stories of his out there...
Just finished reading this book a few minutes ago! I'd rated it high as it is fun to read but I found it difficult to get into it before 50 pages or so. After that it starts to get into you and the reading is fun until de then end.